Ripe and aromatic, with litchi and fig notes, this California white is round in the mouth, with a hint of grapefruit tanginess that lingers on the finish. A flavorful and affordable bottling. Drink now through 2003. 30,000 cases made. —James Laube
Here's a value worth celebrating: A thick, full-bodied Italian sparkling wine with a bountiful honeydew character, light bead and fresh finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. —James Suckling
A pretty, fresh and well-made red from southern Italy at a no-quibble price, this is medium-bodied, with lots of strawberry and berry character, light tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. 18,000 cases made. —James Suckling
Riesling fans (and their wallets) will like this Italian white. It's extremely aromatic, with lemon, lime and floral aromas and a hint of aniseed. Medium-bodied, with good acidity and a long, lively, fruity finish. Delicious. Drink now. 16,000 cases made. —James Suckling
A solid Italian red with plum and berry character and a hint of meatiness. It's full-bodied, with medium tannins and a fruity finish. Very good wine at a painless price. Drink now through 2002. 155,000 cases made. —James Suckling
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